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DEREK GREER & NATALIE PARTIDA: Colorado vs. Diego Chacon for murder of 2 teens *GUILTY PLEA*

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by fran, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    2 more plead guilty for involvement in grisly teen slayings

    Three of the people said to have been with Derek and Natalie in their final hours have admitted their involvement as part of a plea deal, including two this week. Gustavo Marquez, 20, admitted in court on Monday that he was there and it was his car used in the crime. As part of a plea deal, he pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

    In court Tuesday, 19-year-old Joseph Rodriguez Jr. confessed to having Natalie and Derek brought to his home, taking their phones -- and when pressed -- admitting he knew they would be kidnapped. In return for pleading guilty to two counts of kidnapping, first-degree murder charges against him were thrown out.

    Last summer, Angelita Prado also pleaded guilty to kidnapping as part of a plea deal.

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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Another plea deal made after 'execution-style' murder of Colorado Springs teens

    Another person facing murder charges for the execution-style killing of two Colorado Springs teenagers last year took a plea deal Monday.

    Alexandra Romero pleaded guilty to kidnapping Monday and will face between 32 and 48 years for her role in the killings of Natalie Partida, 16, and Derek Greer, 15.

    Romero will be officially sentenced on Sept. 4. She will have to testify against Chacon and Garcia-Bravo as part of her deal.

    Chacon and Garcia-Bravo were also in court Monday for a status hearing, but no new developments were made.

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  3. kdg411

    kdg411 Well-Known Member

    Man pleads guilty to role in killing 2 El Paso County teens

    The Gazette reports 20-year-old Diego Chacon pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of second-degree murder in the March 2017 shooting deaths of 16-year-old Natalie Cano-Partida and 15-year-old Derek Greer.


    Investigators said they were targeted over suspicions that Cano-Partida had been helping a rival street gang.

    Greer was killed to eliminate a witness.
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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Administrator Staff Member

    Isn't killing a witness a case of special circumstances? I guess it depends on the jurisdiction.
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  5. kdg411

    kdg411 Well-Known Member

    Great question! I've been reviewing law journals for an appropriate answer. Now, I'm not a legal expert so take this information for what it's worth. The state criminal codes define crimes and their punishment so the excerpt below is specific to Colorado.

    (11) The class 1 felony was committed for the purpose of avoiding or preventing a lawful arrest or prosecution or effecting an escape from custody. This factor shall include the intentional killing of a witness to a criminal offense. (link)
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